From the 2009 News Archive
School Hosts International Environmental Competition
The School of Law's Environmental Law Program hosts the North American (Atlantic) Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition on Feb. 6-7. The Competition brings twelve teams from eight states to present appellate arguments in a dispute before the International Court of Justice. Esteemed jurists, professors, practitioners, and alumni will serve as judges.
Two teams of finalists from the Atlantic Rounds will continue to the International Finals at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, from March 25-28. The finalists will join teams that have advanced to the International Finals by successfully competing in qualifying tournaments around the world--including those held in Ireland, India, and Brazil. Teams from China, Nepal, Ukraine, and the Philippines will also attend the International Finals.
The Competition addresses the hypothetical question of whether a nation may harvest large amounts of krill near Antarctica without violating international obligations, and whether a responding nation is justified in using force to seize a fishing vessel engaged in over-harvesting in order to protect the environment. All are welcome to attend the oral arguments. The final round is scheduled to take place at 2:45 p.m. on February 7 in the Ceremonial Courtroom.
This is the first time that the University of Maryland School of Law has hosted hosting a qualifying round of the Competition. A team of three students from the School of Law will compete in the Pacific Rounds of the competition at Santa Clara University School of Law from January 23-24.